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Concerten voor viool - Verschenen op 13 april 2018 | Ondine

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Award - Gramophone Record of the Month - Exceptional Sound Recording - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik - 5 étoiles de Classica
Today, Finland is one of the richest musical countries on Earth. Thanks to the exceptional quality of its musical teaching it produces numerous composers, conductors and artists who perform all over the world. The very rich catalogue of the dynamic Finnish publisher Ondine contains several recordings of the German violinist Christian Tetzlaff (Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin) by Bach, Mozart's sonatas, Trios by Brahms, concertos by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Shostakovich); and the Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu (Sibelius, Mahler, Enescu, Berio, Messiaen, Lindberg, Melartin), but it is their first record together. Bartók's two Violin Concertos were written thirty years apart, for two virtuosos. While the Second Concerto in the form of variations on a theme that develop ingeniously across three movements, has been well-known for a long time, the first remained unheard for years. Written as a declaration of love for the Hungarian-Swiss violinist Stefi Geyer, for whom Bartók had fallen, it was a secret kept by the dedicatee: it was only long after the composer's death that the violinist let Bartók's patron and close friend, the conductor Paul Sacher, know about the work. He would see that it was performed, with Hansheinz Schneeberger, but only in 1958. Bartók's two concertos, essential parts of the repertoire for violin and orchestra would enjoy a well-deserved resurgence in interest among a younger generation of violinists – the recording of the same works by Renaud Capuçon for Warner came out a few weeks ago. This new version, magnificently recorded, carefully explores all the orchestral richness, in perfect dialogue with Christian Tetzlaff's outstanding violin. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Koormuziek - Verschenen op 5 januari 2018 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Award - Exceptional Sound Recording
Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt have both lived through the intense decades of upheavals that preceded the fall of the Soviet Union. From the 1970s, religion returned to public life as restrictions around it were relaxed. Schnittke turned towards Christianity, while remaining open towards Eastern religions. Arvo Pärt, from a family of Lutheran Estonians, embraced the Orthodox faith in the 1970s. The two composers both began to incorporate religious themes into their work, moving decisively away from the modernist abstraction of their early work. Schnittke wrote three religious works of great power: a Requiem in 1975 which could only be played in secret, disguised (what ignominy...) as stage music in a Muscovite production of Schiller's Don Carlos. His Choir Concerto, also with a religious theme, was performed in Moscow in 1986 after overcoming a daunting series of bureaucratic obstacles. On the other hand, the Penitential Psalms were performed out in the open in 1988 in as part of celebrations to mark a thousand years of Christianity in Russia. The style of this immense masterpiece is in line with Orthodox liturgical tradition, but Schnittke extends traditional principles to create modern sounds - in particular, rhythmical and harmonic modifications, which lend the work an intense richness. Like Schnittke's Penitential Psalms, the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Pärt are composed in a semi-liturgical style. The Magnificat dates back to one year after Schnittke's score was composed, in 1989. Pärt had been living in Berlin since 1981, where he refined his "tintinnabuli" technique. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir which plays here is one of Estonia's foremost chamber music ensembles. Founded in 1981, it has been directed by Kaspars Putniņš since 2014. Its choral repertoire stretches from Gregorian chant and baroque to more contemporary music, with a particular focus on the work of Estonian composers, which the Choir works hard to spread beyond the country's borders. © SM/Qobuz
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 24 november 2017 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Record of the Year - Gramophone Award - Gramophone Record of the Month - Victoire de la musique - 4 étoiles Classica
We will gladly forgive the occasional "weakness" in sound technology in this recording of Troyens by Berlioz (recorded live in concert in April 2017). In light of the first-rate quality of the music and vocals that appear on the disc (a majority of which are French voices, with Stéphane Degout at their head) this immense work is from the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the three choirs which have been brought together – because the work demands immense swelling choirs – which are the choir of the Opéra national du Rhin, the Opéra National de Bade, and the Strasbourg Philharmonic's own choir. This recording rests, of course, on the complete original edition, which gives the listener a chance to hear Les Troyens as the work was performed in 1863, at the Théâtre-Lyrique, in which some intense chopping saw Acts I and II condensed into one part and Acts III to V into another, producing two distinct operas (La Prise de Troie and Les Troyens à Carthage). We also get a taste, naturally, of Berlioz's immensely rich orchestral innovations: with every new work, he would invent some exciting new prototype from scratch, never content to rest on his laurels. The listener should note the presence of six saxhorns, recently invented by Adolphe Sax (of whom Berlioz was an indefatigable champion, even if he didn't often use his instruments in his scores, no doubt because of the poor quality of the early instrumentalists who learned - however well or badly - Sax's instruments); bass clarinet, and an army of percussion pieces including several instruments which must have been rare in those days: crotales, goblet drums, tom-toms, thunder sheets... clearly, this is a milestone in the Berlioz discography. © SM/Qobuz
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Liederen (Frankrijk) - Verschenen op 20 oktober 2017 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Choc de Classica
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 20 oktober 2017 | Supraphon a.s.

Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award - Choc de Classica
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 september 2017 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Award - 4 étoiles Classica
Delphine Galou is renowned and admired for her musicality and her appealing timbre. She has taken part in many productions of Baroque music and recordings of operas (notably by Vivaldi), but this is her first recital. It is a programme of sacred music, motets, cantatas and excerpts from oratorios, which in the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were influenced by the increasingly fashionable genre of opera. From the famous ‘Agitata infido flatu’ from Vivaldi’s oratorio Juditha triumphans, here counterpointed by an aria from another setting of the story of Judith composed by Jommelli, to Stradella’s Lamentations and Porpora’s magnificent motet ‘In procella sine stella’, Delphine Galou covers a wide range of spiritual emotions. She is accompanied by the excellent Accademia Bizantina under its director and harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone. A concerto by Gregori and a sinfonia by Caldara complete this release, which includes several world premiere recordings. © Alpha Classics
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 26 mei 2017 | Aeon

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award
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Piano solo - Verschenen op 7 april 2017 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Award - Gramophone Record of the Month - Le Choix de France Musique - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 24 maart 2017 | Signum Records

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles Classica
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Balletten - Verschenen op 17 maart 2017 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles Classica
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 17 maart 2017 | Blue Heron

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Missen, passies, requiems - Verschenen op 10 maart 2017 | SDG

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Award - Gramophone Record of the Month - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 10 maart 2017 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award
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Liederen - Verschenen op 10 maart 2017 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 24 februari 2017 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 24 februari 2017 | Avie Records

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Wereldlijke vocale muziek - Verschenen op 17 februari 2017 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Award
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 3 februari 2017 | NEOS Music

Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award
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Wereldlijke vocale muziek - Verschenen op 6 januari 2017 | Orfeo

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles Classica
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Missen, passies, requiems - Verschenen op 2 december 2016 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Exceptional Sound Recording - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik